Tuesday October 13th

7:45am: Shuttle transfer from Wild Palms to Google

8-9am: Breakfast

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

9-9:30am: Lightning Rounds

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

Participants will have the opportunity to present their mapping work to the rest of the Summit attendees and Googlers in a 2-minute "lightning-round style" format.

9:30-9:45am: Break

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Tour Builder: Put your story on the map

Presenter: Jordon Mears

Location: CL2-Crane Beach

In this course you will learn the basics of Tour Builder, a free web application that allows you to do storytelling on a map.

Prerequisites: Web Browser (Chrome or Firefox recommended), Google Earth Plugin (if using Firefox), A Google account (i.e. GMail)

Google Earth & QGIS

Presenter: Christiaan Adams

Location: CL3-Maxwell

This class will provide an introduction to basic data manipulation with QGIS, and some intermediate Google Earth techniques for visualizing GIS data. We will look at how to bring Vector and Raster type datasets into QGIS, perform basic visualization and projection projection tasks, and export to other formats for visualization in Google Earth and Maps.  

Prerequisites: Are you new to GIS, but have struggled to work with strange GIS datasets you found online at one time or another? If so, then this class is for you, no experience required. Please install the latest version of QGIS (http://www.qgis.org/) and Google Earth Pro (https://www.google.com/earth/download/gep/agree.html) on your laptop before coming to this class.

KML Coding

Presenter: Sean Askay

Location: CL5-Bakersfield Blaze

KML is the language Google Earth uses to create maps and it is capable of far more functionality than is directly accessible via the menus in the Google Earth user interface. This class covers a range of topics in KML, showing you how to start editing KML to finely polish your maps and do things you never thought possible. If the class contains more advanced KML users, we will also dive into more advanced topics like programmatic generation with Python, regionation & super overlays, creating tours, advanced styling and more.

Prerequisites: No coding experience is necessary, however some basic familiarity with HTML is helpful. Please install theGoogle Earth plugin (doesn't work in Chrome, only Firefox, Internet Explorer (Windows) and Safari (OSX). Also consider installing jEdit text editor (Mac & Windows) and Notepad++ (if on Windows). Those with existing KML experience and an interest in generating KML with Python should check out pyKML and get it (and Python) installed on their machines).

11:30-12:30pm: Lunch

12:30-1:15pm: Tools for updating and adding to base maps

Moderator: Karin Tuxen-Bettman

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

Today, we will learn about tools you can use to add to, or update, the Google basemap, so that it better reflects the places where you work and live. You'll get a brief overview of tools like Google Map Maker and Google Street View, and you'll learn more about several methods to help update the satellite imagery in Google Maps and Earth. We'll then hear from a few speakers about their projects to update and add to the Google basemap for their projects.

12:30pm - 12:45pm

Overview of tools for updating and adding to base maps by Karin Tuxen-Bettman

12:45pm - 12:55pm

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Kirk Klausmeyer, The Nature Conservancy

Dead trees all around: Monitoring the impacts of climate change and drought using Google Trekker

See the Imagery

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12:55pm - 1:05pm

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Trevor Jones, Blue Ventures

Trekking to support community-based conservation in the world’s fourth largest Island

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1:05pm - 1:15pm


Joel Heath, Arctic Eider Society

Mapping community-driven sea ice research and Traditional Knowledge with Hudson Bay Inuit and Cree in the Canadian Arctic

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1:15-1:30pm: Break

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UGC Imagery: Street View and Photospheres

Presenters: John Bailey

Location: CL2-Crane Beach

With the release of Google Street View as a separate App, Google is improving accessibility to our archive of 360 imagery, including User Generated Content (UGC). Learn how to create and upload your own 360 images (photospheres), and to access them as part of Google’s Street View imagery through the App, Google Maps and Earth, and embedded on your webpages.

Prerequisites: None; If you wish to use your own mobile device during this session you will need to install the Google Maps (Play Store, iTunes) and Street View (Play Store, iTunes) Apps.

Satellite & Aerial Imagery

Presenter: Christiaan Adams

Location: CL3-Maxwell

Google may have some of the best map data and imagery in the industry, but it’s far from complete, and always a challenge to keep up to date, especially in the more remote and interesting corners of our planet. In this session, you will get an overview of the tools and processes available for updating and adding to the satellite & aerial imagery layers in Google Earth and Maps. We will discuss how to request imagery updates, and explore some emerging techniques for collecting your own imagery with balloons, kites and UAVs/drones. Come with your ideas and questions!  

Prerequisites: A Google account

Google Map Maker

Presenter: Karin Tuxen-Bettman

Location: CL5-Aberdeen IronBirds

Have you ever noticed a place in Google Maps where the roads are incorrect or missing altogether? Do you want to make sure the places you know and love are fully and correctly represented on Google Maps and Google Earth? If so, you'll want to learn to use Google Map Maker to help edit the maps seen by millions of users around the world. In this session, you will learn the basics of Google Map Maker, from adding roads, trails, and points of interest such as businesses in your town, to updating the details for existing places and features in your community. You will learn how the moderation system works to review and approve edits, and how to see what your peers are editing in specific places around the globe.

Prerequisites: A Google account

5-6pm: Trip to the Google Visitor Center and Store

Location: 1911 (Visitor Centre) and 1981 (Store) Landings Drive

6-7pm Dinner

Location: WAN Cafe, 2000 Charleston Rd, Mountain View, CA 94043

7pm Shuttle transfer from Google to Wild Palms